Clarksville, Tennessee Wedding: Taylor & Taylor
Oct. 8, 2016
Taylor and Taylor met in high school. They’re from a small town in Tennessee, and things were difficult for them. They were both in a health science class that sent students out into the community to observe at the local hospital because they were all on a healthcare path. There were numerous different sites that the students could be placed, but it just so happened that they got placed together in the Emergency Department. Today they are both RNs in two separate Emergency Departments.
Taylor K. was the one who proposed. Taylor M. said she wanted to have couple’s pictures made, so for Christmas, Taylor K. bought her a photo session. Little did Taylor M. know that she had a proposal planned. The pictures were set for late January, which normally would be tolerable in middle Tennessee, but the day before their scheduled appointment, Tennessee got a big snow that pretty much shut down their whole town. They were determined to still take pictures, though and were excited about the rare snow. The pictures and proposal turned out perfect.
Taylor and Taylor chose their venue first, because they really loved the style of it, and also because the organizer made them feel really comfortable. It was also in their college town, so they had a lot of friends there and an emotional connection to the town. They felt like it was where their relationship really developed.
Taylor K.’s favorite moment was seeing Taylor M. walk down the aisle. It was perfect because she looked so beautiful, and Taylor K. couldn’t hold back the tears.
Taylor K. also had a surprise up her sleeve. She always talked about cutting her mid-back-length hair short, and Taylor M. wanted her to try it. On the morning of the wedding, she went out without anyone knowing and had her hair cut. It was a complete surprise to Taylor M. when she walked down the aisle.
The two Taylors were married on a deck made of 2×8 boards with spaces between them. When they were exchanging rings, Taylor K. was nervous and dropped the ring between the boards. The deck was completely enclosed on the bottom so you couldn’t walk under and get it. Someone had to fish out the ring using a clothes hanger!
Taylor and Taylor shared the following advice for other newlywed couples: “Our advice would be to do what you as a couple really want. Don’t let your families push their opinions on you making you stressed and not do what you truly want. This is your day. We did not include anyone else in the planning because we didn’t want the stress of everyone else’s opinions. For same-sex couples specifically: We worked hard to only use venues, photographers, etc. that were supportive of same-sex couples because we did not want any negativity. We had family members who did not attend because they didn’t agree. My parents even threatened not coming. Which was really hard for me, but my advice is to focus on the prize, which is getting married. It’s a huge accomplishment and what we have all been fighting for.”